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String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
- by Paul Wallace (Gsimian of yoyoGstring.com)

This is a simple 'single string' rig and method that I used when I first began making my own string.
With this method you can make string for your own personal use.
This is by no means the ONLY method of making string, it is merely how I started.

PLEASE read this through several times thoroughly and TRY THE PROCESS before you post questions that will make you look like an idiot.
Although I have endeavored to be as detailed, yet basic, as possible I will be editing and updating this post as required to offer more explanation on areas that may be causing confusion.

Note: I have been making G-string for over three years so MUCH of my process is very ingrained into my personal muscle memory.
This means I may miss/fail to explain sections/moments that I think are blatantly obvious. Post here and let me know.

I am NOT going into any depth on the types of thread supplies you can use.
Check your local sewing supply store, raid your moms (or dads...this is a new century after all) sewing supplies.
Try every type you can and see what happens. This is all about having fun and experimenting.


So, let us begin.

Here is a basic list of materials.
- 1x small nail
- 1x plastic push pin
- 1x small screw hook
(All three of the above could also just be three plastic push pins, the above is just better for the process)

- 1x twisting device (Your choice of: drill, dremel, obscene amounts of patience and a popsicle stick)
- 1x paper clip (bent into a hook with a length to go into your drill/dremel)
- 1x measuring tape (at least 12' in length)
- 1x Wall (or flat surface area) of at least 12' in length


Okay, now onto the logistics.

There are THREE main areas to this tutorial and my method of string making in general.

1. Measurements
   - Finished length
   - Doubled length
   - Final length plus twist shortening

2. Points
   - A : Starting point
   - B : Center point
   - C : End point

3. Steps
   - Run
   - Twist
   - Fold
   - Kink



Now let's explore the rig.

I personally set each item (A, B and C) into the wall at roughly shoulder height.  Try the height you think will work for you.


Start at the far left of your wall.
A : Starting point

Place the Nail into the wall here.

B : Center point
Measure what you want for a FINISHED string length
(The length YOU want to use PLUS a few inches to make the loop.)

This is from A to B : Center point

Place the small screw hook into the wall here.
Make sure the hook opening is facing upwards.

C: End point
Measure your FINISHED string length again, this time from B to C: End point
Add 15-20 inches to your FINISHED string length for twisting.
Place the C (push pin) at this measurement

C will be the end of the loop from which we will do the twisting.





Now, the string making process.

Run (looping the string onto the rig)

Tie your thread onto the nail A

Walk over to C
Loop the thread around C
Walk back to A

Repeat as many times as you feel is necessary
Each run from A to C is one layer of string
If you wanted 1x10 you would make 5 round trips of A-C-A
...make sense?

Once you have finished your Run tie the loose thread end to nail A

After you tie it off, walk to B, and be sure all the thread is INSIDE the hook.


TWIST (tightening of string to desired tension)

You will notice there is now a LOOP at the C end of the rig

Slip the paper clip hook through that loop
Pop the loop off the hook, you are now holding the string on your twisting device

Tighten as much as you want.
But do not tighten more than the FINISHED length (+ a few inches for tying the end off, as we need to fold this in half.)

You can twist this clockwise OR counter-clockwise for left-handed use if you choose. it doesn't matter.

NOW, THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!

Keep the string under tension from A (a.k.a. TIGHT) as you remove the paper clip hook thingy.
NEVER let go of the string. this will lose all of the tension you have instilled into the materials and the string will suffer the consequences. (A.K.A. it will SUCK!)

Hold the loop end and fold the entire string down, under B, and over to A
Use B as the center fold point, this is why we have a hook here

Tie it, with the excess we saved, to the A nail

Now, the important and most integral part of the entire string making process...the KINK.
This is when you remove the string from B and let it 'kink' up onto itself.
This is caused by the tension you have created during the twist.
You are now holding two lengths of twisted thread that are trying to untwist themselves, each in the opposite direction from the other.
This is what provides a yoyo string with tension.

Grab a FHZ, or any other yoyo you have handy. (Don't worry you big babies, this won't ding your metal sweetheart)

Slip the yoyo in BETWEEN the two twisted threads of string so the string now wraps around the bearing in a loop.
The yoyo should be in the bottom of a 'U' of twisted thread

Pull the string off the hook B, but also be maintaining the tension from point A
Hold the string about 6" up from the yoyo and let the string KINK(twist) up using the yoyo as it's tension holder.
Slide one hand 6-8 inches up the string length and let this new length 'kink' itself up.
Continue up the string until the entire length is kinked.

Tie a simple knot at A
Cut it off with a pair of scissors
Make your finger loop

Viola...you've made your own yoyo string!
Congrats!
...Now, go make more until it's perfect.

Most importantly, have fun!
If it's not fun...quit. Life is too short.

Please do NOT PM me with your questions of this process.
Post your questions in this thread and myself, along with the community at large, will try to help as best we can.


Gsimian - aka Paul Wallace
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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008, 10:40:24 AM »
that is one good tutorial!

good job, paul!


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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2008, 10:46:15 AM »
Nice one. :)

I'm thinking of making a video soon. I only use 2 posts when I started though, I found it faster. :P Only starting post and ending post, middle I used my hands!

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008, 06:32:16 PM »
umm
can you tell us how to make a multiple string rig?
btw great job on this!  O0

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2008, 04:58:56 PM »
Hey do you think that you could post some pictures of your (obscenely old) original rig?

That is, as long as it hasn't fallen to a heap... ;D

I'm more of a visual learner, and I feel that many people could benefit from having a visual aid! O0



P.S.    Amazing job on the tutorial! I believe that this is sticky worthy (I mean, coming from mister G-String himself...)

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2008, 08:10:52 PM »
thanks for the very useful post

definetly a sticky

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2008, 09:30:32 PM »
first sticky worthy thread in a long time.

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2008, 02:49:59 AM »
Good tutorial, was wondering if you could post pics? I'd love to see the string rig.
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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2008, 06:26:31 AM »
Good tutorial, was wondering if you could post pics? I'd love to see the string rig.

I do not use a rig like this anymore. I haven't for years.
I do not have one built with which to take pictures.

Sorry
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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2008, 09:21:48 AM »
Paul,
Excellent presentation! Could you please now enlighten us as to how to make a multi string, such a 3x2, as opposed to your 1x10 example? That would rock.

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2008, 10:56:38 AM »
If he isnt, i may very well make a very hefty video showing my tech. and how to do singles, doubles, and triple colors combo's.

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2008, 06:32:34 PM »
Please do so!
I will worship you as a demi-god if you do.

Time for some real competition!
Nylon/Dacron strings anybody?
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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2009, 02:50:39 PM »
this tutorial is helpful. O0
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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2009, 09:58:11 PM »
Go to http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Make-Yo-Yo-String/ to see the same method, with a video, however, the person has more specific measurements, so it will be better if you are trying this the first time. BTW, don't you need to leave extra so the strings not shorter?

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2009, 01:55:44 AM »
Wonderful tut!  O0

My first attempt yielded string that was much too short. So I simply increased the distance between A and C. I decided to make 2x3 string. I ran a green, polyester string around three times, then tied the thread to A. Next, I tied a white, cotton on it and followed suit. It produced this:



I think next time  I'm going to twist the string much more. It doesn't feel quite as "solid" as my other strings. This will really save me between orders of string (waiting for postage and such), if I order any more at all!   ;D
« Last Edit: February 08, 2009, 02:00:25 AM by Prolix »

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2009, 09:53:26 AM »
when will the video be up?

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A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2009, 01:43:59 AM »
I have been using this tech a while and the strings allways last more than two weeks... just rules  (whee)

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2009, 09:22:16 PM »
Awesome. This is so great by the way i need to get some of those rastaman strings they are so dope
If I can help in any way be sure to hit me up.

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2009, 10:59:38 PM »
Wonderful tut!  O0

My first attempt yielded string that was much too short. So I simply increased the distance between A and C. I decided to make 2x3 string. I ran a green, polyester string around three times, then tied the thread to A. Next, I tied a white, cotton on it and followed suit. It produced this:



I think next time  I'm going to twist the string much more. It doesn't feel quite as "solid" as my other strings. This will really save me between orders of string (waiting for postage and such), if I order any more at all!   ;D
when you say 2x3 how do you get it to that size like amount of strings? or what?

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Re: String Making ::: A do-it-yourself instructional tutorial type thingy
« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2009, 08:10:18 PM »
how do u make flea string
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